A Child Like Mine

My whole family, including my grandparents, came to Texas for Ella’s baby blessing.

My Grannie (she’s the second on the left) made the dress and bonnet I wore for my own blessing 25 years ago. Two years later, Merrick wore it and two years after that, Landen wore it too. On Sunday, Ella was the fourth baby girl to be dressed in it.

My aunt sent me an email over the weekend and shared with me a little poem that her grandmother, my Grannie’s mother, wrote some 65 years ago:

Babies are born from day to day,
Fresh from their Maker’s kiss.
Babies are born from day to day,
But never a child like this.
This is the song the mothers sing
To a melody half divine.
Babies are born from day to day,
But never a child like mine. 
          Jean Gordon Lauper 1945 


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  • Reply Jess September 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Aww, this is so sweet! I'm so glad your whole family was able to be there.

  • Reply diana banana September 8, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    after a trip like that, frugal wife needs to do one about traveling

  • Reply Karen September 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Looks like it was a beautiful day. Sorry we couldn't be there, but we were thinking of you. Got the baby announcement in the mail today. We loved it. We shared it with Garold and Norma and Todd and Judy who were all visiting in our flat this afternoon. We also shared the pictures on Bart's blog. Everyone agrees that she is a beautiful baby and all are very happy for you. Give Enna a kiss for us.

  • Reply Emily September 8, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    She's a doll! Addie wore my dress too and I so wished it had a bonnet to match but it didn't and I couldn't find one that matched. I love that poem, so beautiful and true.

  • Reply heidikins September 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    I love that poem–so sweet. And I love the blessing dress that has been passed along, what a sweet memory.


  • Reply Lexilooo September 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    so sweet and lovely!

  • Reply TheMoncurs September 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

    You and Merrick both have such LONG hair these days. I am kind of jealous. I really should not have chopped mine. Rar.

    Also, after reading this I had to text my mom to see if my blessing dress was still around. Such a sweet thing to pass those down!

    And, of course, Enna is beautiful. As always.

  • Reply Anonymous September 8, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    So happy for you!!!

    Becky AKA Lighthearted Librarian

  • Reply Peaceful Reader September 8, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    What a beautiful family. My children wore hand-made outfits, crafted by my grandmother. It is so wonderful to have these to continue to pass on! Enna looks peaceful on this big day!

  • Reply Jennifer Lee September 8, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    What a special day! Love the poem. I think it is so special that Enna was able to wear a family treasure for her blessing–not everyone is so blessed.

  • Reply Mrs. Doolittle September 8, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Congratulations! It's so nice that your whole family was able to be together for Enna's special day. How wonderful that you were able to pass down your dress.

  • Reply Jenn September 9, 2010 at 2:09 am

    Myself, all my cousins and all their kids have all worn the same baptism gown that my dad and his siblings wore. I can't wait for my kids to wear it some day.

    Such great photos of the whole family!

  • Reply Hawke September 9, 2010 at 4:20 am

    I am so glad that your whole family could be there. We wish we could have too. Your brother is getting so grown up and good looking. How wonderful to have the dress that you and your sisters were blessed in. I have mine, but it wasn't the one I wanted to bless my girls in. They all have their own dresses. I should send you some pictures of Tavinder's baptism and you should send me some more pictures of the blessing. I love the time when a baby is the age Enna is now. It is fun to see you enjoying her.

  • Reply lifeofadoctorswife September 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    What a cutie! And how wonderful that your whole family could gather for her blessing!

  • Reply emandtrev September 9, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    What a beautiful memories to have and cherish! You are a lovely family.

  • Reply jillian September 9, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Alright, I'm a sap. I teared up at that poem. Enna is just so gosh dang cute! Well done!

  • Reply Chelsea September 9, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Ah how sweet is that! It's so cool that everyone could come for the baby blessing.

  • Reply Packrat September 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    So wonderful so many family members were able to be there. Sappy, but love radiates from your picture.

  • Reply Megan September 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    It makes me quite happy to see your precious baby blessed in the same dress as her momma, just like my baby and me!

  • Reply Megan September 11, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    It makes me quite happy to see your precious baby blessed in the same dress as her momma, just like my baby and me!

  • Reply JMay September 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    She is sooo sweet. Congrats 🙂

  • Reply Lisa September 13, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    What a lovely picture. My grandmother (ok, my aunt) recently sent me a huge box of dresses my grandmother made when my cousins and I were kids. One of them will fit the girl now and I plan to do a big photoshoot with her one day soon.

  • Reply Melinda September 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    Well hello gorgeous extended family!!! What a blessing to have them there with you on such a special day!

  • Reply Operation Pink Herring September 13, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    The poem is beautiful, and I love these posts about Enna. I have always know that I want children, but… I don't really like babies. My mom has assured me for years that it's OK, I will like MY babies, but it's so nice hearing this all from your perspective.

  • Reply McKinley September 14, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Love that poem!!! She looks beautiful in that little dress and bonnet! Girls are so much fun. I don't know how to dress a boy…

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